Baby #2: 28 Weeks


How Far Along: 28 Weeks- Hello, third trimester!!!

Size of baby: About the size of a large eggplant

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +19 lbs. I'm relieved that it's not more after our trip home. We ate a lot! :) So far it seems like I'm holding pretty steady with a pound a week.

Maternity Clothes: Yes and I feel like I wear the same things over and over.

Gender: A baby girl, Adelyn Elise

Movement: I feel like I can feel her more frequently and the movements seem to be getting bigger.

Symptoms: Still feeling good. I'm definitely slowing down a little bit and feeling more tired. I've had a bit more nausea lately but nothing that a little snack can't fix.

Sleep: Great! Now that we are home and E is back on her regular schedule, my sleep has returned to normal as well.

What I miss: I'm starting to miss regular clothes. I was in Old Navy yesterday and I saw so many cute things that I wished I could wear. I know there are some cute Fall maternity clothes but I'm trying not to buy anything else. I think I'd rather wait and just buy regular clothes when I'm back in my regular size.

Cravings: I can't think of any particular thing I've been craving but I will say that I have felt like a bottomless pit lately. I will go from completely full to absolutely starving in a matter of a couple of hours. The afternoons seem to be the worst. Hopefully I can counteract my snacking with my workouts. :)

Best Moment This Week: Making it to the third trimester. I can't believe we only have 12 weeks to go!

Shopping: I've bought quite a few things for the nursery this week, including paint!! I'm so excited to see my "vision" come to life!

Working Out During Pregnancy


Before I found out I was pregnant I had a fairly consistent workout routine down. I swore up and down that I would continue working out once I was pregnant. I didn't work out at all with Emerson and I really regretted it after she was born because it took me so long to get back into it. So for the first 6 weeks of my pregnancy I continued working out pretty consistently. I stopped running and doing high impact stuff and switched over to less intense activities like walking, step aerobics, and light weight training. I used some of my old The Firm videos quite often.

Then in June the morning sickness hit and I felt like I had been hit by a truck. I'd heard that working out can help alleviate it and I did muster up the energy to do a few workouts but they were few and far between. You can see here that the month of June was pretty sparse in the workout department.

In July I started to feel a bit better and I tried getting back into a regular routine. That's also when I reintroduced Jillian Michael's back into my rotation. As you may know, some of her workouts are pretty intense and there are some moves included that probably aren't the best during pregnancy. But I mostly stuck to the first two workouts in Body Revolution which are very low impact. I also modified any moves that I didn't feel comfortable with. I didn't do any of the crunches or exercises that required me to lie flat on my back and just subbed with other moves I found online.

Then in August Jesse was injured and exercise took a backseat to everything else. It was actually my least active month for the entire year and I could tell! I had less energy, felt yucky, and was more than a little stressed out (with good reason!) 

I vowed to do better in September and I did. That's also when I realized that I could kick my workouts up a notch. Until then I had been taking it pretty easy and I couldn't remember the last time I had really worked up a sweat. So I did something a little bit crazy (with my doctor's permission) and added jogging back into my routine. I didn't feel like just walking was giving me enough of a workout but I also knew that I couldn't just get out and run a mile after not running in so long. So I downloaded the Couch to 5k app and started on Week 1 Day 1. My jogging intervals probably weren't much faster than my walking but I felt great! Doing intervals seemed like the perfect level of intensity for me. Over the next few weeks I continued working through the program. I made it halfway through the 4th week and decided to stop there. Anytime I ran more than 3 or 4 minutes at a time I had a lot of hip and pelvic pain so I knew that I was pushing it a little too hard. I cycled through more of the workouts from the first couple of weeks. 

During this time I also continued to do Jillian's workouts with modifications as well as some workouts I found online. I particularly love Fit in Heels and Blonde Ponytail. They both offer some pretty tough full body workouts that you can do with very little or no equipment.

I didn't work out quite as much during October as I would have liked but I did continue with the same routine. Now that I'm getting bigger I'm finding that sticking to shorter jogging intervals is more comfortable. I've mostly stayed with Week 1 and 2 of Couch to 5k. With just 12 weeks to go, I'm hoping that I can continue to workout until the end. I'm sure I'll slow down even more and I'll eventually switch to just walking. I'll also probably start using my bodyweight only when strength training just because it's getting more uncomfortable with weights. 

I'm obviously no expert when it comes to staying fit during pregnancy but these are a few observations I've made and things I've learned during the last 28 weeks:

-Despite remaining much more active this time, my weight gain has progressed almost exactly as it did with Emerson. I was hoping to stay closer to the 30 lbs mark (as opposed to the 36 lbs I gained with E) but I'm not sure that's going to happen.  Either way, I know that working out has made me feel so much better and I'm hoping it will help me get back into regular workouts more easily after Adelyn is born.

-I have hip pain and feel the pregnancy aches whether I do or don't work out. I've heard that not working out can make things worse because of lack of movement. I've also wondered if all of the extra movement makes my hips feel more sore. From what I can tell they feel pretty much the same either way.

-It's not a competition to see who can gain the least amount of weight. I love reading fitness blogs but I've noticed that it has become a bit of a bragging point for some bloggers. (Example: I only gained 20 lbs during my pregnancy and I walked out of the hospital with a six pack and fit right into my Size 0 jeans.) So that's probably a bit of an exaggeration but I have noticed a trend along those lines. Yes, it's important not to gain excess weight but the number on the scale is just that: a number! The important thing is that you are nutritiously and adequately fueling yourself and your baby. Your weight gain (or lack thereof) is not always an indicator of your health.

-Don't compare yourself to others! For a while I struggled with comparing what I was doing to what others were doing during pregnancy. I saw girls doing Crossfit, running 3 or 4 miles a day, and eating perfectly. I wondered if maybe I wasn't doing enough and whether or not I was truly having a "fit pregnancy."  After a while I realized that that was completely ridiculous! You have to do what feels good to you and you cannot worry what anyone else is doing (just like with parenthood!) 

-Anything is better than nothing. You don't have to run half-marathons during your 6th month of pregnancy or hit the gym 6 days a week.  The point is to keep moving in any way you can whether it be walking, running, or yoga. In a perfect world we would all get our recommended amount of exercise but the sometimes it just doesn't happen. That's ok! Two days a week is better than 0 days a week!

-Most prenatal workouts are boring. I hate to say it, but I haven't really loved any of the pregnancy workouts I bought. They are just too slow or too cheesy for me. I have preferred to stick to my tried and true videos and to modify them in ways that are safe and comfortable for me. I've also loved trying new workouts that I've found on Pinterest. I have an entire board dedicated to Pregnancy workouts that you can find here:

-Listen to your body. I take more rest breaks during workouts and I always stop and drink water several times throughout. I even had one workout where I just didn't feel well. My hips were killing me and I was having some pelvic pain so I stopped halfway through my workout. It wasn't easy to just stop but I knew that it was the right thing to do.

I know that I still have quite a ways to go and I'm going to get a lot bigger so I will be sure and update how my fitness routine progresses towards the end. If you are interested in following along, check out my fitness page here. I've included every workout I've completed in 2013.

I'm anxious to see if my activity level makes a difference in labor and delivery and postpartum recovery so I will also share that once the time comes!

And before I close, I want to share a fun little challenge that a few of my blog friends invited me to take part in. They've created a Facebook group for moms who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Basically we are starting a 12 week challenge on November 1st. Each of us is setting our own health/fitness goal and we will use the page to share our progress and offer encouragement to one another. At the end of the 12 weeks everyone who meets their goal will be entered into a drawing for a gift card of their choice. We already have some great women participating and are always looking for more. If you want more details, visit Natalie's page here or you can email either one of us. It's going to be a great way to work on your goals in an encouraging and non-judgmental group- we'd love to have you!



Do you ever have those times when you feel like you are just behind on EVERYTHING? That's where I am at the moment! We arrived home last Thursday and I feel like I've been scrambling to catch up with everything ever since. My poor blog has been quite neglected but I am slowly going back and catching up on my 31 Days posts. I'm backdating most of them which puts them behind some older posts so be sure and scroll down to see all of the fun Emerson has been having with our Halloween activities.

I hit the 27 week mark last Wednesday and I completely failed to do a bump update. I guess this bathroom selfie will have to do.
And since I didn't blog much while we were in Texas, here's a bit of what we were up to:

It was pretty chilly a few days so we got to put our boots and sweaters to good use.

Emerson and Izzy had a love/hate relationship going on. They were constantly bugging each other but also couldn't stand to be away from each other.

Emerson and I met up with my oldest friend Lawren and her sweet little girl, Addisyn.  She was so sweet with Emerson!
Playing dress up has become a bit of an obsession with a certain little someone. From the moment she wakes up until she is in bed she insists on having some sort of costume on.

We also had a few meltdowns here and there. This one was completely fake- our girl has a flair for the dramatics for sure.
Jesse and I had our first date night in a long, long time. We went and saw the movie Prisoners. It definitely kept us on the edge of our seat!
Our date night ended up costing a whole lot more than we bargained for when we hit a huge rock in the middle of the road. It destroyed our tire and bent the rim. We had to delay our trip home by a day while we waited for a replacement tire.
On our way home we decided to break up the trip into two days. Tucson is a little more than halfway so we stopped there for the night. We ended up getting a room at the inn on the Air Force base. We lucked out and they put us in the temporary lodging facility. Our room was actually like a little apartment with a full kitchen, a living room and two bedrooms. It was the perfect place for a toddler who had been cooped up in the car all day! It was super cheap, too!

Since being home I feel like all I have done is get caught up laundry and putting things away. I feel like the house is in a constant state of disaster thanks to a very busy (and very adorable) little two year old.

And I can't do a catch up post without mentioning our anniversary. Yesterday Jesse and I celebrated twelve years of marriage! Twelve years!!! That's just crazy to me. I've done a few posts over the last few years about our marriage that sum up a lot of what we've done over the last few years.  On our 9th anniversary I was pregnant with Emerson and finally announced it to the world. On our 10th anniversary I shared some of our adventures, and last year we were home with a sick baby girl. 

We haven't had Indian food since we left Abu Dhabi so we decided to try out a nearby restaurant to celebrate. It did not disappoint. We stuffed ourselves full of garlic naan, paneer tikka masala, and mixed raita. It.was.amazing! And since we had a special little person along on our date, we decided that a nightcap at Coldstone was just what we all needed. I can't think of a better way to celebrate.

Happy Anniversary, babe. I love you more and more every day and I am so thankful to be your wife.

And I think you are now up to speed! I have lots of other posts coming up over the next few days so be sure and check back!

Day 12: Foam Sticker Picture


I have to say that we have gotten the most use out of these little Halloween themed foam stickers. We've used them for quite a few different crafts and Emerson has loved them every single time. She's just as happy to play with them as she is to stick them on the paper.  I also love that peeling the sticky part off helps to develop her fine motor skills. This activity is a win all the way around. Plus it's super easy to set up and clean up. 

I thought the finished product turned out pretty cute! She insisted that all of the ghosts were lined up next to each other and holding hands because they are best friends! I love her sweet little imagination!

Baby #2: 26 Weeks


How Far Along: 26 Weeks

Size of baby: 14 inches and 1.5 pounds

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +15 pounds as of last week but I refuse to step on a scale while we are on "vacation"

Maternity Clothes: Yes

Gender: A baby girl, Adelyn Elise

Movement: Lots of little thumps, bumps, and rolls.

Symptoms: I'm feeling pretty good this week.  My skin looks like I'm going through puberty but other than that

Sleep: I've been sleeping fine when Emerson does. It's always a struggle when we are away from home so it's been hit or miss. It'll be nice when she's back in her own bed at home!

What I miss: Not feeling so large :)

Cravings: mexican food, fried pickles (again!), cereal

Best Moment This Week: Being in Texas with our families

Shopping: I made my first Craigslist purchase: a changing table. I wasn't actually planning on getting one because we never used one with E. But I was planning on buying a shelf for the closet for organization and storage. When I came across a changing table on Craigslist that it was in perfect condition and had tons of storage space, I knew it would be the perfect fit in the nursery closet. Who knows if I'll actually ever use it to change her but even if I don't it's perfect for what I needed storage wise. The best part? It was only $30 with a changing pad and three covers. Awesome, huh? I meant to take a picture before we left town but I forgot so I'll be sure and share when we get home.

Scenes from Fiddlesticks Farms


Visiting the pumpkin patch was another one of those fall activities that I have longed for over the last few years. I remember seeing everyone's pictures last year and just thinking how much fun it would be once we finally got our chance. While we were in Texas,   my mom and I took Emerson to the West Texas version of a pumpkin patch. They don't really grow pumpkins there so it was really just a bunch of pumpkins stacked in a dirt field but I promise Emerson didn't know the difference. She was so stinkin' excited!

They also had a bunch of animals for the kids to look at. Emerson loved the goats and she even got to pet a baby pig.

 If I had to pick her favorite part of the day, I'd say it was the cow train. She loved riding around, even with the dirt blowing in her face. (Gotta love West Texas!)

There were a few other activities at the farm for older kids, but Emerson seemed pretty thrilled with what we did. I'm thinking we may have to pay a visit to our local pumpkin patch sometime this week.  We're making up for lost time, after all! :)

Emerson's First Pumpkin


This is going to sound silly, but one of the things I dreamed about when we were overseas was carving pumpkins. To me it's just one of those must do Halloween activities! When we were in Africa, we couldn't get a pumpkin so we substituted a watermelon. It actually worked pretty well but it still wasn't the same!

Then when we were in Abu Dhabi, the pumpkins were insanely expensive because they were imported from America. I'm talking $65 for a regular carving pumpkin. As much as I wanted E to experience the fun of pumpkin carving last year, I just wasn't going to spend that kind of money! 

So, of course, I have been counting down to the month of October since we arrived back in the States. I just couldn't wait for Emerson to have all of these fun Halloween experiences that weren't possible overseas. I knew that she would love pumpkin carving and she certainly did! She was so excited when I brought the pumpkin home and she loved picking out the design. She told us it was a happy pumpkin!

She hates being dirty so she really did not like touching the guts at all! But she did enjoy helping Jesse do the carving and she was thrilled with the end result.

It's so exciting to think that I'll have two sweet girls to carve pumpkins with next Halloween!

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